New Orleans Saints: Defense Highlights First Day Of Training Camp


In a welcome change of pace it’s the Saints defense that highlights the first day of camp, not it’s league leading offense.

The talk of the town is how Gregg Williams has his new defense playing with a long absent swagger.  He has motivated his unit to play at a feverish pace, clawing at the ball, forcing turnovers and interceptions.

Interestingly enough though controversial cornerback Jason David garnered the highest praise from Williams when he broke on a few routes during the teams seven-on-seven drills, forcing an interception.

Returning starter Tracy Porter also looked good in coverage batting down a pass intended for Marques Colston and the defense forced a few turnovers by stripping tightend Jeremy Shockey — not to his liking.

All in all not a bad first day of practice

The offense wasn’t completely overwhelmed though as they held their own by turning in a few big plays. For complete details follow this link to the Saints website.

Pro-bowl quarterback Drew Brees is impressed with the defense’ improvement and he couldn’t be happier about going up against them every day, firmly believing it will take the offense to new heights.

"“That’s just forming good habits,” Brees said. “Even if it’s just an incompletion, any ball that’s on the ground, they’re picking it up and running with it just to get used to that mentality. In a game, you see a ball on the ground and you snatch it up and run with it. I think that’s a very opportunistic type of mentality.”“Absolutely. Turnovers create so much momentum for us as an offense and also for the team,” he said. “You get that short field and you just know you’re going to score. That momentum swing is huge throughout the course of a game, especially when you feel like you’re very evenly matched with a team. That is a stat that typically makes the difference, the turnover ratio. As an offense, the better we can take care of the ball and the more the defense can present us with those opportunities, the better off we’re going to be"

We’ll keep you posted on any news out of  Metairie, but in the meantime it looks like Gregg Williams is making his presence felt.

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